Dinner, Italian, kids

Grandma’s Plant-Based Italian Meatballs


Growing up, my grandmother always made meatballs and pasta, along with a million other foods, for Sunday family dinner.

Before she could even finish frying them up, my grandfather, The Boss, would sneak one, ok maybe more than one, off the plate in the kitchen, where she set them on top of paper towels to cool and soak up some of the oil. It was layer upon layer of the paper towel meatball tower.

As much as we all can appreciate grandma’s cooking, it’s time for a healthy change, to create a new family tradition. Let’s keep what we learned from the classics but give them a new modern twist using plant based ingredients. So we can all live a long and prosperous life.

I guarantee, when I have grandma over for Sunday family dinner, who is now a great grandmother, she loves our Italian meatballs and I know your family will too.

Grandma with her Great Granddaughter (my daughter)

Grandma’s Plant-Based Italian Meatballs

Makes: 20 golf-ball sized Meatballs


  • 14-16 oz Plant-based Ground Meat
  • 1/2 cup Flax Milk
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the seasoning and breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the plant based meat grounds to the bowl and mix with your hands (get in there just like grandma did, with all the love and sweat).
  3. Add the plant milk and mix some more until well combined.
  4. In a large deep skillet, heat some neutral oil, i like to use avocado oil, and add the meatballs. Cook till browned then turn using tongs until each side is browned.
  5. Simmer in your favorite pasta sauce until cooked through.
  6. Serve over pasta or on Italian bread as a meatball sub with our vegan parmesan.
  7. Enjoy!

Vegan Parmesean Cheese

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2 Responses

  1. I love you sis!!!!!! You are so right, the Boss would steal a meatball with a paper-towel and burn ur fingers on the hot oil … but mmmm mmmmn mmm. Sooooo good!

    Love you so much lil Sister 🙂

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